Lose Inches, Not Money!

April 3rd, 2014 | By Marjie No Comments


Like many of you, over the years I’ve had gym memberships and I’ve also  purchased more than one piece of exercise equipment. To be accurate, I’ve bought two treadmills and two exercise bikes. I’ve also sold all of them in yard sales. What I’ve learned, finally, is that I enjoy walking, jogging, and biking, but I won’t go to the gym often enough to justify the membership fees. And I also know that if I need or want exercise equipment, I’m going to buy it secondhand. That way, as my tastes and motivations change, so can my workouts. So now, I exercise outside when the weather permits, but I have the option – and equipment – to work out at home. And I do all my core and weight work in my home gym. And by “home gym,” I mean my living room.

So how do you set up a Home Gym without breaking the Home Bank? Here are some pointers:

1. Figure out what your goals are. This will help you determine what equipment you might need. Are you seeking weight loss? Muscle tone? Fewer inches around your middle? All of the above?

2. Consult with a trainer or physical education teacher about what you’ll need, how much to expect to spend, and even where you might find items at a reasonable cost.

3. Consider these basic pieces: dumbbells, stability ball, rubber bands, jump rope, workout mat, stepboard, exercise videos.

4. If you need or want bigger equipment, like a treadmill or stairstepper or stationary bike, shop garage/yard/tag sales. (Judging from my opening sentences, you should start by shopping at my own yard sales.) You can also check out secondhand sports equipment stores; try Play It Again Sports and search online.

The bottom line is … you don’t have to break your bottom line to set up a home gym environment.


Here are some great websites that can help you get motivated, get outfitted, and get started!





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